The DuMont Telecruiser

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Here's the bus after we moved it to East Texas.  You'll notice the very large (and ugly) air conditioner mounted on the top.  It should come as no surprise that it was added as an after thought.  Originally there was no air conditioning!  Can you imagine what that must have been like with a bunch of very hot tube type equipment inside?  Now think about the summer in Texas when it is over 100 degrees outside.  It must have been like sitting inside a pressure cooker.  No wonder they added the air conditioner.
Here is the surprising thing.  This bus has been more or less parked since 1973, but the air conditioner actually works.  In fact it worked very well.  On a near 100 degree day, it can be downright chilly inside

Getting New Tires

A real "Fixer Upper."

The interior.  Unfortunately, the previous owner ripped out the equipment racks and custom cabinets.  Although we can see where they used to be, we are not sure what they are supposed to look like.  If you happen to have any pictures, please contact us.  When we got it, it was full of junk up to the tops of both seats.  It took over two full sized dumpsters to dispose of all the junk.  Of course, we had to sort through everything to keep the stuff that belonged here.  It was a several day affair just going through it.

View from the passenger seats looking rearward.  The big fan in the rear was to help keep cool while we worked.  That was before we discovered that the Carrier Air Conditioner actually works!  The ceiling is also in excellent shape, requiring very little work.  It's amazing what a little soap and water did

Drivers compartment and front passenger seat, which folds up against the bulkhead.

A Birds Eye View of the driver's compartment.  No air conditioning here.  It's like being inside a fishbowl in the sun.

Buick Straight Engine.  There is a shroud that surrounds the fan that we removed for the picture.  It is very important for proper engine cooling.

Engine compartment as viewed from inside bus with service cover removed.

The rear part of the passenger door window is missing (frame and all) We could really use one.  If you have a spare, please let us know. Email Me

We found the ladder inside. There is a deck on the roof that could accommodate a camera, assuming you have at least four fairly strong men to get it put there.  The cameras weigh about 200 pounds, plus cable, lenses and tripod.  I'll bet that was a lot of fun.

 

The outside audio and telephone patch bay.  Rust never sleeps.

Looking inside in the rear compartment.  The engine is on the left. The stand next to the fan is for camera cable reels.  We have the reels and the cables!

This is the "ever so lovely" main power panel.  (After removing a rats nest of brittle wires).  We found a Readers Digest book beside it, titled "Home Wiring Made Easy."  We'll blame the previous owner.  I doubt that WFAA would have had such a mess.  We did find the cover for the box.  Yea!

There are lots of access doors.  Here we are looking across from the left rear door.  Cable reel holders are on the left.

It seems like climbing on the roof was a regular pastime.  There are lots of these movable steps all over the coach.  I think you can buy these fairly easily, which will probably be a lot easier (and cheaper) than re-chroming the originals.

Most of the siding is in pretty good shape.  This is the worst of it.  I don't know if it can be straightened, or if it will require replacing.  I understand it is hard to come by.  Does anyone have some extra pieces?

An example of the really nice tires.  They have been replaced.